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Addressing journalists after the meeting, Justice Ogoola said that in their interactions with the residents, they will inform them about the objectives of the dialogue, how the committee intends to conduct it and the content to be discussed.
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The National Co-ordination team for the National Dialogue is set to conduct pilot citizen consultations in Gulu, Buikwe, Kabarole, Katakwi and Luuka districts.

The team led by Justice James Ogoola, the Chairman of The Elders Forum of Uganda was inaugurated in December 2018 and works with the  Interreligious Council of Uganda-IRCU, The Elders Forum of Uganda, Women Situation Room, Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy, National Consultative Forum, and Inter-party Organisation for Dialogue.  

The team will conduct the consultations in one Sub County from each of the selected districts.  In Gulu, the team will be in Laroo, Ngogwe in Buikwe, Ruteete in Kabarole, Ngariam in Katakwi and Bukoma Sub County in Luuka districts. The consultations will last two days in each sub county from 7th to 16th August 2019.

The team held a closed door meeting at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Thursday with Local government leaders, Resident District Commissioner- RDCs and other stakeholders from the five districts.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, Justice Ogoola said that in their interactions with the residents, they will inform them about the objectives of the dialogue, how the committee intends to conduct it and the content to be discussed.

Ogoola says that they will then pick the mind of the participants on the key areas listed. He says that the engagements will enable leaders develop better appreciation of how citizens’ dialogue will be conducted to enhance the attainment of the vision of the Uganda National Dialogue.  

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The target is to have about 250 participants from each district during this pilot. The participants according to Jutice Ogoola shall be drown from political parties, workers associations, medical practitioners, members of the informal sector, Teachers, Community based organisations, security organisations, Local council leaders among others.

The experience from the pilot study shall inform further consultations in all districts across the country.  Walter Elakas, the Katakwi LC V Chairperson, said that they have been waiting for the dialogue for a long time and was impressed by the development. He said the consultations provide ground for people to participate in the National Dialogue process and have their views captured. 

 

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Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu LC V Chairperson, expressed gratitude to the committee for choosing Gulu among the pilot district. He said Uganda has had a painful history, noting that the consultations give citizens an opportunity to have their input in the National dialogue.

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Pamula Watuwa, the Luuka Resident District Commissioner, said dialogue is the cheapest way to solve conflicts. She said that the National dialogue is a platform for people to speak out, voice their opinions, talk about the positives and bring out the negatives. 

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Richard Rwabuhinga, the Kabarole LC V Chairman reiterated that the consultations shall provide a platform for people to raise real issues affecting Ugandans. He said that if politics is set aside and issues tackled, Uganda will get solutions to the challenges affecting society.   He urged Ugandans to unite and work together towards finding suitable solutions to her challenges. The Buikwe LC V Chairperson, Mathias Kigongo said dialogue provides a good opportunity for Uganda to find solutions to her own challenges without looking outside.  



About the National Dialogue
      

Accordion to the IRCU, the Uganda National Dialogue is both a platform and process. As a platform, the Dialogue is built as an all-inclusive, citizen owned non-partisan process. 

This process is superintended over by seven Ugandan institutions including with Inter religious Council of Uganda-IRCU, The Elders Forum of Uganda, Women Situation Room, Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy, National Consultative Forum, and Inter-party Organisation for Dialogue.

The Vision is to have a just and morally upright society founded on socio-economic justice, shared prosperity, popular governance and respect for the rule of law. The goal is to agree on a new national consensus to consolidate peace, democracy and inclusive development to achieve equal opportunity for all.

The purpose of the dialogue is to provide a mechanism where Ugandan citizens in our diversity can engage with government and with each other on issues of national transformation that promote national unity, shared prosperity and the common good. 

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